Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Online
Starts at 11:00 AM · Ends at 12:00 PM, EDT (America/New_York)
- Steve Saunders
Founder and CEO at Light ReadingSteve Saunders is the Founder and CEO of Light Reading, the world’s largest, most authoritative, and best qualified community of telecommunications professionals, reaching 350,000 global communications decision-makers every month. Steve founded Light Reading in 2000, after a 12-year career as a technology journalist, working for McGraw-Hill’s Data Communications Magazine. Following the explosive success of Light Reading, he launched Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com) and Dark Reading (www.darkreading.com). This triptych of online startups covering telecom news, telecom research, and security news, respectively, was acquired by UBM llc in 2005 for $33 million. Steve then took a break from leading Light Reading in 2007, before buying Light Reading and Heavy Reading back from UBM in January 2014. In the intervening years (2008-2013), Steve founded Internet Evolution, a groundbreaking, award-winning, global, online community dedicated to investigating the future of the Internet, and DeusM (www.deusm.com), an integrated marketing services company targeting the fastest-growing segment of the online publishing industry: business social media. In the space of three years DeusM launched nearly 50 custom communities for companies including Dell, IBM, Intel, DuPont, and Bristol Meyers, all based on Steve’s vision for a structured system of community publishing, one that creates unprecedented engagement among highly qualified business users. In March 2008, Steve was inducted into Min’s Digital Media Hall of Fame. In April 2009, he was named to the No. 2 spot on Folio magazine’s Folio 40 ranking of magazine industry influencers and innovators. He was named Min’s Marketer of the Year in September 2010. In 2014, Steve was named to the Folio 100, the magazine and media industry’s best-known and most prestigious list of innovators, entrepreneurs and market shaker-uppers, in the Dynamic Disrupter category.
- Stephen Alexander
Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer at CienaSteve Alexander has held a number of positions since joining the company in 1994, including General Manager of Ciena's Transport & Switching and Data Networking business units, Vice President of Transport Products and Director of Lightwave Systems. From 1982 until joining Ciena, he was employed at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, where he last held the position of Assistant Leader of the Optical Communications Technology Group. He is an IEEE Fellow, was ranked by ExecRank.com at number one in their listing of top CTOs for 2012/2013, and was the recipient of the IEEE Communications Society Industrial Innovation Award in 2012. He has been an Associate Editor for both the IEEE/OSA Journal of Optical Communications & Networking (JOCN) and for the Journal of Lightwave Technology (JLT). He has served as a commissioner in the TechAmerica Cloud First, Cloud Fast Initiative and as a member of the Federal Communications Commission Technological Advisory Council (TAC-4) and was a General Chair of the conference on Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) in 1997.